What a fickle pickle people are these days

I see it every day.  Again, maybe its just because everything is in your face.  And I mean constantly.  The only thing I prefer to see in my face constantly is my cup of coffee.  Or I call it my survival juice after a long night of writing. 

I’m not even sure its a generation thing, although it seems like such. I see it some in my parent’s generation and I see it in all of them following.  We’re use to it.  We are so used to it we don’t think otherwise, actually.  If someone had told me that a cell phone seemed a necessity when I first got one as luxury (yeah I passed up the beeper during its rage, but that was more on the lines of strict parenting) I would have been snarky.  Look at us now.

I do not use the world fickle lightly, and I will not use the word ADD (Not ADHD whole other ball game) lightly either but good grief it is both.  If something is not IN YOUR FACE all the time then your mind wanders away from it.  I call it the Sparkly Syndrome.  I admit I have the S.S. but with actual sparkles.  Maybe its a childhood thing, I don’t know.  But that’s a minor distraction.  What I’m talking about is that things have been made where images are flashed are you constantly, sounds are thrown in your way, and always looking for the next best thing is the norm.  We do what our friends do, we do what we can’t afford so that we we can keep up  (as a people, not me specifically because I truly am the starving artist).  I honestly cannot keep up.  I’m not saying I’m humble, although I kind of think I run in that spectrum.  And that is where the disconnect happens.

I can’t keep up with the Sparkly Syndrome and keep my marketing in everyone’s face 24-7.  It is just NOT possible.  I tire of it.  I can’t afford someone to do if for me, so here I am.  Stuck in the middle.  I think I have a great novel on the market, or at least of medium quality at its worst. Yes I kind of mess around with the Point of View, but hey that’s who I am, I’m a writer not an English professor.  It’s a minor thing.  But the important thing is…..marketing and money.  What in the word does someone do?  Subliminal messages? I’d be on board if we could find a way to get this done with zero dollars down.  Oddly the website was started as a necessary.  The blog was suggested but I have found it’s a way to be therapeutic and maybe speak to someone who either understands or can enlighten me.  Please enlighten me. I can only put so many things up on Facebook, or on twitter, or on…..where else are things? Oh good grief I have a list I go down daily.  There is going to be a time when someone is going to seriously tell me to piss off, but then forget about me at the same time.  How fun is that?  Water slide and spash at the point, stick the hands up and go weeeeeeee

I know there was a book that I had read a while back, it was old by the time I read it, and I am now killing my brain thinking of it.  But I will also say there was a star trek (I think TNG but maybe Voyager, I watched them all) episode that dealt with the same situation.  The book was about how technology and all that quick switching of constant media and the way they watched things and interacted made it possible where they didn’t even need human contact.  Can you believe it?  Although being in a room full of people gives me anxiety enough as it is, I at least have that option. I could not imagine not seeing someone or touching them, or even sharing a round of my alcoholic drink of choice and dancing my cares away in the dark sticky floored clubs packed all together like sardines.  Is all that where we are headed though? I shiver at the thought.  

A favorite novel of mine touches upon the subject a little I think.  Dystopic maybe, but if someone has not picked up Fahrenheit 451, do it now!!! If not for the pure enjoyment of the book, but of the glimpses of today’s society that we already see, or that we are headed for.  *shivers*  It’s funny that Ray Bradbury seems to be most famous for that novel, although his other science fiction ones were pretty interesting too.  I’m quite certain there is a cult following surrounding it.  He considers that a minor thing in his writing career, and that is him being humble.  That book was thrust into my hand from my tenth grade literature teacher and I thank him each day for it.  It was MY Grapes of Wrath or To Kill a Mockingbird.  I’m not even sure Bradbury meant to do it but the foreshadowing in it is phenomenal.  

So that’s it.  Fickle pickle people.  Now the question remains, how do we get around it without truly succumbing to the beckoning of being like everyone else? How do we utilize those tool to get what we need done?  I don’t have a clue, I suppose I’m just pointing out the obvious.  I have no answers, I have plenty of opinions, but opinions are like……..noses, yeah I’ll go with that….everyone has one.  Then they move onto the next thing.  When someone can get a person to fixate on one thing for longer than a second let me in on that.  Because let’s see how much I can do of that marketing thing before I finally just explode and fall down broken from the over-clocking.  It’s my 88, one I hit 89 or 90 its over with, its done.  No back to the future, just a car that jumps around and sputters and becomes useless.

How much is too much of Social Media

what it is to blog…..well I’m obviously not the person to come to.  If you want to join me in blogging 101 I could enjoy the company.  Its bad enough I’ve had to take everything I’ve had set for print into digital format.

Blogging, well I sit down and figure out when I have to time for it.  Well when do I have time for anything.  My day is busy, when I need it to be. So it’s late at night like this one.  But honestly, who really cares?  Do we seriously go through life telling people so much about ourselves through all these different forms of media?  I could get really personal, but leave that more to my personal facebook page. I’m letting it loose and tweeting a few extra things here and there but ha its interesting.  Then there is this about.me.  Was told i needed that. Fantastic, I have one.  Now what?  Tumblr?  Trying but time makes it tough to put my goals.  Instagram……Wow just the thought of anyone really caring to see my random pictures, why would they care?

All these things we share so freely as if we know each other so personal.  And I suppose we do to some extent.  If you read someone’s book you know the author more, you watch television you feel what they portray to feel, music speaks at so many different levels.  But social media?  The boom has been phenomenal.  I remember the dial up.  Oh bloody hell that dial up. Nails on a chalkboard.  (aha, I still haven’t told my age but I’ve gotten closer) Now I have a desktop, and a laptops (work) ipod touch and a droid (my R2D2 died, I had a nice funeral for it).  I’ve got a DVR and a PS3.  So much tech, but is it needed?  There are so many ways to connect to people in a whole second, but why?  Does our world get better with that many people in it? I always wondered myself.  I love a lot of my friends, and I love the ones who are enjoying my writing.  

If they want to hear about what I’m eating for breakfast I’m sure I would ablidge, but would it be asked of me? You know I’ve never thought about it.  Hmmm, where would it stop?  Someone mentions a pancake, then asks if I eat one,  I say sure. Then they ask if they could watch me do it…..and if I don’t stop there?  I’m completely amazed at all of it.

I am happy to share a lot that’s asked of me but there is another thing that I have noticed.  And it is definitely interesting.  People love to see posts (on selected social media that is) but how often do they comment?  When a question is asked, how often do they come out of their shell and actually interact with them?  Seems a little one sided. How does one go about getting them out of their shell?  I am seriously curious, and I would LOVE an answer.  I love to talk.  There, you didn’t even have to ask.  But hey, I’m an author and I love words.  I’ve been out in the public doing different things my whole life.  Buts its been in different means.  Never really sure the necessity of all this is .

Don’t get me wrong I am enjoying it.  Its interesting.  I’m sure people are enjoying my fumble in the dark way of getting through this learning curve.  I also think about the last time I spent more than a few hours outside because I am so involved in my computer.  The battery makes it where I don’t have to look at anybody for such a long time.  Is that good for us? Or is it progression? Or shall I ask….*Warning geek comment coming up* have the cybermen have begun to convert us slowly.